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GET THERE: The Thursday through Sunday screenings are at HOT DOCS Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West. And take a look at this interview with our programmer in NOW about the festival!
Orcas at the Matinee: A Family Affair
Water Pressure: Our Right to Water
The day after World Water Day, we continue to celebrate with two screenings. Scroll down for more information about World Water Day and this year’s theme: No One Left Behind.
3-5:30 pm: Enjoy some exquisite moments in the ocean… Children 13 and under FREE with a paying adult.
6-9 pm: Then take a deeper look at the connections between water and power over time in the light of current challenges.
First screening from 3 to 5:30 pm
From 3 to 5:30 watch these films:
Fred the Pufferfish (World Premiere) | a whimsical animation introduces Fred, a pufferfish living a cozy life of luxury in his fishbowl in the wake of reckless human behaviour | 1 min
Birthplace | a music video telling the symbolic story of a man arriving on a perfect earth, who encounters his nemesis in the form of ocean plastic trash | 5.5 min
The Story of Birthplace | the making of the music video, showing the filmmakers’ passion for getting the story out of how our oceans are under attack by a growing stream of plastic waste for which we are responsible | 14.5 min
To the Orcas, with Love (Toronto Premiere) | a filmmaker’s relationship with orcas inspires her to restore a loving relationship with herself and this remarkable planet with an evocative soundscape | 56 min
Q&A with filmmaker Natalie Lucier
Second screening from 6 to 9
The true cost of the Water/Energy nexus
DAAHAM - Thirst (International Premiere) | lost in the heat of the Indian desert sun, our water-starved protagonist finds a well and must choose between immediate relief or sustaining the resource for others | 5 min
Timbó | listen to the plea of tribes along Brazil’s Tapajós river whose lifestyles are threatened by mining and dam development that will spread poison from a local plant made worse in water | 9 min
Thirst For Power (International Premiere) | marvel at the true power of water to bring life to civilizations or send them into despair in its absence; can this foundation remain strong as climate change exacerbates its vulnerabilities? | 61 min
See Tom Sandler’s photos (upstairs):
Since the 1970s, iconic Toronto photographer Tom Sandler has documented local and international social, political, and community events, and works with a stellar array of luminaries, publications, and organizations. We're delighted to showcase some of Tom's personal nature photography tonight and throughout Water Docs Film Festival.
Today, 2.1 billion people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.
Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, Indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.
We have a great line-up of films for our eighth annual Water Docs Film Festival showcasing Canadian and International features and shorts about all things water!
ENGAGING DISCUSSIONS WITH FILMMAKERS & SPEAKERS - SPECIAL GUESTS - FAMILY FRIENDLY OFFERINGS AWARDS - ART EXHIBITS - MUSICAL PERFORMANCES - COMMUNITY PARTNER DISPLAYS
Curious? Find out more by clicking here!
Farewell to Water Warrior Grandmother Josephine Mandamin as she begins her final journey home
With the passing of Grandmother Josephine Mandamin (1942-2019), Canada has lost a visionary who made calling for cleaner water and greater water protection her life's work. Logging more than 10,000 miles on sacred water walks around the perimeter of all five of the Great Lakes and numerous other waterways around the world to raise awareness about the need to protect water, Grandmother Josephine was an embodiment of the phrase "walk the talk". Ecologos and the Water Docs team are honoured to have worked and walked alongside Grandmother Josephine, and we send our heartfelt condolences to her family and community at this time of great loss.
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Wild Water ResidencyA new joint adventure by Ecologos and
the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency
Inspired by a film we showed two years ago of six artists canoeing in the Yukon, The Peel Project, we are launching an arts residency in Northern Ontario together with the Canadian Wilderness Arts Residency.
10 students will be selected to participate in a wilderness and arts experience. More information …
Who can apply? Applicants must:
Be between 14 and 17 (approx. Grades 10-11)
Demonstrate an interest in the arts and creative pursuits
Provide a letter of support by a community member outside of their immediate family (ex. teacher, band-council member, guidance counsellor, coach, principal, etc.)
Apply in March. Travel in August.